Past Cases Review

One year on from the publication of 'Courage, Cost & Hope' - a progress report

A year after the apology to survivors and victims of abuse, and the publication of Courage, Cost & Hope - the report on the Past Cases Review (PCR), the Rev'd Helen Cameron, Assistant Secretary of the Methodist Conference, and Andy Jackson, Director of Publishing and Communications, share the progress that has been made over the past 12 months.

Download the progress report here (Pdf)


The Past Cases Review

The Methodist Church in Britain has published the report of an independent review of past safeguarding cases related to the Church from 1950 to 2014.

Read more here 


Background to the review

The Church aimed to review all 'safeguarding cases' since 1950. For the purposes of the review, a 'safeguarding concern' was defined as any concern that a child or adult may have been at risk, been suffering or had suffered abuse, or that someone represented a risk of abuse to others.

The review invited anyone from the districts with any knowledge of a previous or current concern, to respond. 

The Church commissioned an independent expert who reviewed all the responses and advise the Church on any action that needed to be taken.

The Past Cases Review submissions officially ended on the 24th December 2014. Any past concerns (as with current concerns) should be reported directly to your district safeguarding officer.

 "The Church needs to be sure that it has revisited cases using the benefit of hindsight, to be sure that no one has mistakenly left situations where vulnerable people may remain at risk. This is a great opportunity to see what went well, as well as to learn from mistakes we may have made, alongside reviewing the safety of past cases."

Elizabeth Hall, Former Safeguarding Adviser (Child & Adult Protection) for the Church of England & the Methodist Church in Britain. 


The following report was produced:

Courage, Cost & Hope: The Report on the Past Cases Review, 2013-2015  (pdf)


Related news article:

News: Church issues 'full and unreserved apology' to abuse survivors


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